On April 25, Governor Newsom issued an order for CalGEM to prepare rules to end fracking permits by 2024 and for the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to analyze how the state can end oil drilling no later than 2045, in sync with the state’s goals for carbon neutrality by 2045. 

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350 Bay Area Action Response

Laura Neish, 350 BAA’s Executive Director issued this statement:

“350 Bay Area Action applauds Governor Newsom for taking action that will finally begin the process of phasing out fossil fuels, action critically necessary for avoiding the worst impacts of our climate crisis. Today’s Executive Order will phase out fracking in California by 2024, and all oil and gas production by 2045: it’s an important first step. However, the latest climate science urgently compels us to move much more quickly. We urge the Governor and the Legislature to work towards a faster transition away from oil and gas, while investing in a pathway to 100% clean energy. Frontline communities near all oil and gas operations (not just fracking sites) have lived with unjust toxic and hazardous exposures for too long and need the health protection that a 2500-foot setback would provide. That protection is long overdue and deserves immediate action.”

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State Legislation

Priority Bill – SB 467 Thank you to all who have called and emailed your Senators on SB 467 – the environmental justice bill to create a 2500-foot setback protecting communities from toxic exposures.

Creating setbacks for the health and safety of frontline communities remains one of our top legislative priorities, but for now we do not have enough votes to pass SB 467 in the Senate. Stay tuned for ongoing efforts to win these essential protections.

Here are just a few other bills we’re working on:

Clean Energy

AB 525 – Advances the state’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2045 by planning for the development of utility-scale offshore wind energy in the state. Specifically, it requires the California Energy Commission to establish a strategic plan and set targets for offshore wind by 2030 and 2045, to supplement the state’s supply of renewable energy.

Eliminate Fossil Fuels

  • SB 260 – Requires big corporations doing business in California to publicly disclose all greenhouse gas emissions they’re responsible for throughout their supply chain. Also requires CARB to set an emissions target in line with that needed to keep global warming at or below 1.5 degrees Celsius. See our new blog for more on SB260.

Transportation/Land Use

  • AB 1218 – Establishes fleet-wide greenhouse gas emissions limits on manufacturers of light duty and passenger vehicles. Automakers failing to meet the requirements would face civil penalties that in turn would be used for rebates to Californians who buy Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs).

Learn more about other state bills we’re working on here.

Thank you for all you are doing for people and the planet! 

In Solidarity and Action,

Kathy, Dean and Clair for the Legislative Team

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Image Attributions: Pump Jack in Signal Hill: Image from VISION, Wind turbine graphic by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay